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Phil's BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
+1 760-759-1400
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We eat at Phil's frequently and have never been disappointed. There price are reasonable especially considering the size of the portions which are always huge. If there is a drawback it is the noise. Because of the way the tables are set up and the layout of the eating area, it is very loud and you have to raise your... More 

San Marcos, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had Phil cater our 4th of July celebration and everyone loved the food. The Baby Back Ribs are delicious!

Thank Diana T
Coronado, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A guy wearing a manager label on his tshirt kept taking walk ins with To Go orders ahead of customers who were in the line before the new people walked up to place a To Go order. That and his "so what? That's how we do it! " attitude chased us and other customers out to find other places to... More 

Thank prevere
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you cant be in the South... be at Phil's. They are always good- hot food, good sides, and a nice restaurant. Good for kids and families

Thank Michele G
Irvine, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best beef ribs I ever had. Wish they open close to my house. The portion is very big. If you go around 5pm, the waiting time is short.

Thank S Y
San Diego, California, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been going to Phils since they were first open on gold finch in SD . Love that San Marcos offers a great BBQ spot . Tip if you sit in the bar it's full service .

Thank Sinros
Garden Grove
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For BBQ, the quality and amount is worth the money. Many sandwich items are inexpensive and big enough to split.

Thank Nancy W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The food although limited to certain meat types is very good, the surrounding seating is not so good unless you can capture a booth in the bar area. The acoustics in the entire building is terrible - sometimes you can get outside seating, however the music speakers bring you inside again. For us, doing the take out solves our noise... More 

Thank Terry H
Oceanside, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We have eaten at a few Phil's BBQ restaurants and they are all delicious! The meats are slow cooked and savory. Expect a wait if you are visiting Phils during peak hours but I promise, it is worth the wait! The portions are hearty so come hunger or plan on sharing. If you have never been to Phil's, order a... More 

Thank Deanine D
Clovis, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to feels for years. I was a little surprised at this visit at one of their new location, because their barbecue sauce has changed. They started mass producing it and have sent it out to an outside vendor and because of this it has totally changed the flavor. Not for the good either, it is not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078-1234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1400
The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?